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Cheika Moves Folau To Centre For Third All Blacks Clash

Israel Folau will make his first start as centre on Saturday as Wallabies coach Michael Cheika opted to experiment in the third Bledisloe Cup Test against New Zealand in Japan.

Folau, who is under fire once again for the homophobia controversy, already switched from fullback to wing this season, will partner Kurtley Beale in midfield with Bernard Foley remaining at fly-half.

Sefa Naivalu comes in on the right wing and Rob Simmons replaces Adam Coleman in the locks, while Allan Alaalatoa starts ahead of Taniela Tupou in the front row.

Israel Folau

Australia team to face New Zealand: Dane Haylett-Petty; Sefa Naivalu, Israel Folau, Kurtley Beale, Marika Koroibete; Bernard Foley, Will Genia; David Pocock, Michael Hooper (capt), Ned Hanigan; Rob Simmons, Izack Rodda; Allan Alaalatoa, Folau Faingaa, Scott Sio

Reserves from (one to be omitted): Tolu Latu, Sekope Kepu, Taniela Tupou, Rory Arnold, Jack Dempsey, Pete Samu, Nick Phipps, Samu Kerevi, Tom Banks

The match will kick off on Saturday (October 27) at 4.45pm local time in Nissan Stadium, Yokohoma.

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